Record-setting England bowler is not finished

Sports | 13 Sep 2018

England captain Joe Root predicts there is a lot more to come from James Anderson after he became the most successful fast bowler ever in Test cricket.

Anderson was made to wait until the final delivery of his 143rd Test match but eventually took his wicket tally to 564 as he knocked back the middle stump of India tailender Mohammed Shami to clinch a 118-run victory for his side.

The 36-year-old Lancastrian had begun the day level on 563 with Australian Glenn McGrath, having taken two wickets the previous evening at the end of a day in which best friend Alastair Cook made an emotional farewell century.

Anderson is now fourth on the all-time list behind a trio of spinners - Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).

"To achieve what Jimmy has achieved to date has been unbelievable, and the scary thing is he believes he's got a couple of years left," Root said at The Oval where England sealed a 4-1 series victory.

Anderson was given a standing ovation as he left the field alongside Cook, England's most-capped player, record run scorer and century-maker. They have been England mainstays for 12 years, playing key roles in four Ashes series wins.

Former skipper Cook, who announced his retirement from international cricket after the fourth Test, said: "To see Jimmy pass Glenn McGrath's record was brilliant. We've lived in each other's pockets for 12 years, and it's been a privilege to play with England's greatest cricketer.

"What he must go through, physically and mentally, to do what he does - he's a freak. It's been a pleasure standing at first slip for his bowling."

Anderson was close to tears after finishing the series as the leading wicket-taker with 24 in five Tests, saying: "I've just enjoyed playing for England." And he wants to keep going.

REUTERS

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